Review: The once enigmatic duo consisting of Valerio 'Larry Tiger' Del Prete and David Woods aka veteran producer Marco Passarani return on their eponymous imprint, for some good ol' fashioned disco goodness on the 'Boot & Heel' EP. As a matter of fact, this might be the first T&W product that could, unashamedly, be described as Italo! From the neon-lit euphoria of "Gotta Change" and it's Fred Ventura-like vocal, to the sexy and sun-kissed balearic charm of "Feel The Fire" and channeling the Den Harrow / old school CBS radio programming side of things on the utterly electrifying "Rio Rio Rio" - it's what they best described themselves the perfect soundtrack to the fading summer and next year's hedonistic club season.
Review: Running Back faves Tiger & Woods return with eight tracks from the midtempo, Balearic end of the nu-disco spectrum. Opener 'Forever Summer' sets the lazy, laidback pace, 'Warning Fails' has hints of both Daft Punk and Air, 'A Lovely Change' has a sound palette reminiscent, in places, of 80s boogie (definitely something Grace Jones-ish about that bassline), 'Night Quake' brings the John Carpenter soundtrack vibes, 'The Bad Boys' would soundtrack a midnight cruise down Ocean Drive in your DeLorean perfectly, and so it continues for three more spangly, 80s-flavoured cuts with 'Kelly McGillis' giving the most subtle of nods towards coldwave as the album gracefully drifts to a close.
Review: Everyone's favourite boogie-fired loop-house duo has been rather quiet of late. In fact, this is the sample-loving Italian twosome's first single release since 2016. It's fair to say that these two tracks were worth the wait, though. "Chilli Jam" is a typically throbbing, heavy house loop-jam built around lifts from a rubbery, low-slung disco-funk gem, blessed with their usual energy-building edit tricks and DJ style filter drop-outs. While it's a tried and tested peak-time floor-slayer, the decidedly epic "Moonswing" is even better. Starting out as a twinkling, loved-up chunk of rolling deep house bliss, it soon morphs into a suitably wavy and life-affirming Balearic house rush complete with sneaky boogie samples. It's great to have them back.
Review: Everyone's favourite boogie-sampling house duo returns, once again rinsing the jokey golf references on sophomore set On The Green Again. Given that they nailed their tried-and-tested formula years back - think immaculately produced, boogie-sampling loop jams designed for maximum club pleasure - it's little surprise to find that they barely deviate from the blueprint throughout the album's 13 tracks. It's a formula that guarantees more thrills than spills, though, and the highlights come thick and fast. We're particularly enjoying the rubbery bassline and fizzing synths of "Bestilissimo", the life-affirming sweetness of "Ginger & Fred" (arguably this album's "Gin Nation"), and the muscular funk of "Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden", though digital-only bonus "No More Talking" is also darned tasty.
Review: Everyone's favourite golfer-baiting cut-up merchants are back, once again plying their trade on the T&W Records label Gerd Jansen set up for them as an offshoot of his mighty Running Back stable. Although their method and style rarely changes - and it certainly doesn't here - the Italian duo also rarely fail to deliver. "Boca" is another killer, with cheery, boogie-era disco loops and vocal cuts being tweaked to perfection over the course of nine mesmerizing, party-starting minutes. Flipside "No More Talking" is arguably even better, with the pair making great use of an extended breakdown and build up. By the time the track drops again - via big vocal loops and piano-laden disco hooks - you'll have stopped wondering about the identity of the source material and be dancing like mad.
Review: In recent times, many have tried to copy the Tiger & Woods formula, but no one has yet come close to matching the sheer heaviness and timeless quality of their loopy, edit-heavy productions. For proof of their genius, just check this debut full-length. Featuring a mix of new cuts and tracks culled from their previously mysterious white label releases ("Gin Nation" etc), Through The Green offers a lesson to would-be copycats in how to turn a bagful of boogie and electrofunk samples into party-rocking disco/house gold. The beats and basslines are heavier than a skipload of sumo wrestlers after a night at an "all you can eat" buffet, the loops addictively hooky and the builds judged to absolute perfection.
Review: In preparation for a much awaited debut album from Tiger & Woods, it seems pertinent for Running Back to revisit where the phenomenon began in the shape of "Gin Nation". The highlight of the duo's Caddy Shag EP, which has long since sold out, "Gin Nation" remains as potent a dancefloor weapon now as it was upon release. Those eager to hear what is on offer with Through The Green will delight in the inclusion of "Kissmetellme" which is a dizzying example of the duo's talent for reshaping source material. Check the additional "Kissmetellmemore" dub version for a beefier take!
Review: The choice of Tony Humphries to mix Running Back's first label compilation is a significant one. Getting his big break in the early '80s as an understudy for the legendary Shep Pettibone's Kiss FM show, Humphries went on to become one of the defining DJs of house music's formative years, with residencies at New Jersey's Club Zanzibar and London's Ministry of Sound. His previous mixes illustrate his continuing ability to bridge dance music's past and present and his new one for Gerd Janson's imprint will mark its fifteenth anniversary. It is a timely reminder of what has made the Frankfurt powerhouse remain on many favourite label lists for over a decade. It's a mix of golden oldies and recent classics alike: from Todd Terje's smash hit from several years ago "Ragysh" and the anthemic "The Voice From Planet Love" by Precious System, through to more recent bombs. Two by Running back alumnus Shan ("Bassline Party"/"Work It") and the legendary Mr G's Motor City ode "Ben & Gerd" (Killin It M Day).
Genius Of Time - "Network Labyrinth" (dub) - (4:39) 125 BPM
Katerina - "Sincerly, G" - (6:17) 120 BPM
Robert Dietz - "Isn't It Nice?" - (3:58) 130 BPM
Roman Flegel - "Feel The Heat" (String mix) - (5:00) 128 BPM
Dinky - "This Ain't No" - (4:53) 124 BPM
Bella Boo - "LA Magic" - (4:57) 130 BPM
Tiger & Woods - "Lonely Toad" - (7:11) 117 BPM
Todd Osborn - "Friendly" - (6:00) 121 BPM
Review: As the title suggests, this surprise compilation of exclusive material from Gerd Janson's Running Back label was put together in response to the killing of George Floyd, and in order to raise funds for the National Association for the NAACP's Legal Defence Fund. Given his connections, it's perhaps unsurprising that Janson has managed to tease out terrific tracks from the likes of KiNK (the sparkling, synth-laden goodness of 'Machine Funk'), Genius of Time (a fine dub of the dusty, ultra-deep late night hypnotism of 'Network Labyrinth'), Roman Flugel (the snappy analogue heaviness of 'Feel The Heat (String Mix)' and Tiger & Woods (rainbow-coloured deep Italo-disco jam 'Lonely Toad').
Review: Inspired by Italy's rich history of re-imagining American funk, soul, disco, boogie and jazz-funk, Soul Clap's latest compilation offers up ten tasty cuts from contemporary Italian producers who draw heavily on this heritage. There's plenty to set the pulse racing throughout, from the throbbing boogie-house badness of "Machete" by Tigver & Woods, and the high-octane experimental electronic Afro-jazz of Boot & Trax, to the chiming dub disco of DJ Rocca, the spaced-out cosmic funk/nu-disco fusion of Funk Rimini's "Don't Smoke" and the rich, treacly, techno-tempo deep house brilliance of Deep88's dream house tribute, "SP1200". Throw in further fine cuts from Lele Saachi, Memoryman and Jolly Mare (the 21st century P-funk/cosmic disco fusion of "Dribbling") and you have a certifiably excellent collection of cuts.